Jaguars Notes and Quotes

It only took a couple minicamp practices for some of the Jaguars' rookies to experience the difference between playing in college compared to playing at the NFL level. The six drafted rookies took part in the three-day, five-practice sessions the first weekend in May.

Larry Hart, a fifth-round pick from Central Arkansas, was asked about making the jump from college to the Jaguars. Even though they were non-padded workout sessions, Hart was surprised.

"It's tough, I'm not going to lie to you about it ... it's definitely tough. There's a lot more technique that you have to learn. Your steps have to be more accurate," Hart said. "Like if I take a false step at UCA, I could probably get away with it with my athletic ability. But here, I can't get away with it so my steps have to be better. My hand placement has to be better so overall my technique has to be a lot better than it was at UCA."

The Jaguars signed veteran linebacker Teddy Lehman to fill a void at that spot created last week when Bryan Smith went on the injured-reserve list for the 2010 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Lehman was a second-round pick by Detroit in 2004 and has played in 45 games. His 16 starts were all during his rookie season. He was slowed by injuries the next two years and played in nine games before playing a full schedule in 2007, his last year in Detroit.

Lehman has played stints with Tampa Bay and Buffalo since then. He was out of football last year. The Jaguars were already thin at the linebacker spot when Smith went down with an injury during the team's minicamp.

The Jaguars had already added Kirk Morrison, obtained from Oakland in an exchange of draft picks during the college draft process last month. The Jaguars then pulled a tender offer to Clint Ingram, a part-time starter at linebacker the past couple of seasons.

The Jaguars will have 14 scheduled on-field OTA sessions (organized team activities) spread over five weeks between May 17 and June 22. The team will practice from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each of the sessions. The five-week session will have practices each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week, starting next Monday, and concluding on Tuesday, June 22.

The sessions are voluntary but with rare exceptions in the past, have seen 100 percent involvement by Jaguars players.

The group will include veteran players, the newly drafted rookies and a number of undrafted free agent first-year players that the Jaguars will take a good look at to determine if they'll sign them or invite them back for fall training camp.

Two of the Jaguars six players that they drafted last month in the college draft, were such a hit in their hometown that they had a local restaurant name a desert after them.

Defensive end Austen Lane's hometown of Iola, Wisc, threw a parade for him and a restaurant named an ice cream flavor -- blue goo -- in his honor. It's cotton candy ice cream mixed with SweetTarts.

"We have some SweetTarts mixed in there because that is my favorite candy," Lane joked. "From what I hear it's already a big hit."

Lane's only disappointment was that while he rode atop a fire truck, he wasn't allowed to drive it.

"I wanted to, but as far as liability was concerned (they wouldn't let him)," said the former defensive end at Murray State. "It was an automatic (drive) so I thought I could drive it.

Cornerback Scotty McGee said he and his family went to eat at a Golden Corral in Virginia Beach after he had been drafted and learned that the restaurant wants to name a dessert after him -- the punt return pound cake. In addition, a Smoothie King located near the James Madison campus where he played his college football, named a drink after him.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The drink consisted of peanut butter, chocolate, pecan ice cream, strawberries and pineapple. All mixed together, blended together. Kind of like a Reese's with a smoothie kick to it." -- Jaguars rookie cornerback Scotty McGee talking about a new drink that a restaurant near the James Madison campus named after him.


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